Tips for Teaching Israeli Dance
Emphasize right-foot dominant
Remind students "Right foot free" at the beginning of the teach and dance.
Be intentional with cadence
Speak on the beat to help students with timing.
Count out beats
"Walk 2 3 4, Sway 2 3 4".
Be consistent with your calls
Calls are already developed for Beginner 1 and 2 dances. Try to use the same language for other teaches.
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Mark the middle of circle
If you have a small group, it helps them to have an object marking the middle of the circle.
Don't give unnecessary detail
Don't explain how a step is a variation of another step, for example. The student has limited brain space.
Don't overwork it
Students get bored quickly when we explain the same point too long. Remember, it's just a folk dance.